On Thursday March 23, Dmitry Medvedev, ally and former president of Russia, stated that any effort to arrest President Vladimir Putin after the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a warrant against him would be seen as a declaration of war against Russia.
Last week, the ICC accused Putin of illegally deporting hundreds of children from Ukraine, labeling it a war crime and claiming that Putin bears individual criminal responsibility.
Russian officials deny war crimes in Ukraine and accuse the West of ignoring what they claim are Ukrainian war crimes. Medvedev dismissed the ICC, which is not recognized by Russia, China, and the United States, as a “legal nonentity” that has never achieved anything significant.
According to Medvedev, any attempt to apprehend Putin would be considered an act of war. As a member of Putin’s powerful security council, Medvedev serves as its deputy chairman.
“Let’s imagine – obviously this situation which will never be realised – but nevertheless lets imagine that it was realised: The current head of the nuclear state went to a territory, say Germany, and was arrested,” Medvedev said.
“What would that be? It would be a declaration of war on the Russian Federation,” he said in a video posted on Telegram.
“And in that case, all our assets – all our missiles et cetera – would fly to the Bundestag, to the Chancellor’s office.”
According to Dmitry Medvedev, the ICC’s arrest warrant is an outrageously partisan decision and holds no significance for Russia. The invasion of Ukraine by Russia on February 24 has led to the deadliest European conflict since World War II and the largest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.
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Medvedev also commented on the state of relations between Russia and the United States, stating that they were likely at their worst point ever. Biden Cheers as ICC Issues Shocking Putin Arrest Warrant
“Every day’s delivery of foreign weapons to Ukraine brings closer the nuclear apocalypse,” Medvedev said.
After the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union, he said, the West had considered itself the rulers of Russia but Putin had put an end to that.
“They were very offended,” Medvedev said, adding that the West disliked the independence of Russia and China.
“Ukraine is part of Russia,” Medvedev said, adding that almost all of modern-day Ukraine had been part of the Russian empire. Russia recognised Ukraine’s post-1991 sovereignty and borders in the 1994 Budapest Memorandum.
“I believe that sooner or later the situation will stabilise and communications will resume, but I sincerely hope that by that time a significant part of those people (Western leaders) will have retired and some will be dead,” he said.
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